News - NZGDA


First round GDSR recipients named
14 June 2024

Boost for game development sector as first round GDSR recipients named NZ On Air has announced the recipients of the inaugural round of the Game Development Sector Rebate (GDSR) – established to boost ongoing development and growth of the game development sector, and keep game studios and industry talent in Aotearoa New Zealand. Thirty-two studios […]

NZGDA May 2024 Newsletter
5 June 2024

A stripped-backed, short update with the essentials while a new format is in development. Click here to read more …….

NZGDA March 2024 Newsletter
2 April 2024

Kia ora everyone, As we say goodbye to March and head into the Easter break, the games community is abuzz with the recently concluded GDC and the abundance of exciting activities on the horizon. Continue reading …..

GDSR Update – March 2024
26 March 2024

Final Applications for Year One of the GDSR open soon, a new role on offer and details on the next GDSR Webinar.   Final Applications for Year One The Final Applications for Year One will open on 1 April 2024. If your business has successfully registered and provided your Statement of Readiness to NZ On […]

Calling all speakers for NZGDC’24
18 March 2024

Submissions to speak at NZGDC 2024 are now open! All speakers and panel organisers receive a full complimentary NZGDC 2024 pass. The conference will be held at Tākina Wellington Convention and Exhibition Centre, Wellington New Zealand from 17 – 19 October and the Conference programme is expected to be confirmed by the end of May. […]

NZGDA February 2024 Newsletter
4 March 2024

Kia ora everyone, Wow – it’s March and it feels like 2024 is already flying by very fast!  We have a lot going on this month, so here are the bullet points: Continue reading ………..

NZGDA January 2024 Newsletter
1 February 2024

Kia ora everyone, Welcome to 2024!  We hope you had a relaxing break and are feeling refreshed and ready to tackle the new year.   We’ve been busy working on some updates to our website to improve your experience.  Read more from the Executive Director, Joy Keene, here ….

GDSR Update – January 2024

If you haven’t already, make sure you sign up for the NZ On Air Game Development Sector Rebate (GDSR) updates.   Kia ora and Happy New Year! This is my very first note to the wonderful Aotearoa New Zealand games community as the Kaiwhakahaere Kaupapa | Programme Director for the NZ Game Development Sector Rebate […]

New Year – New Games!
12 January 2024

blog by Carl Leducq, Chair, NZGDA   Happy new year everyone! Here are 5 NZ-made games releasing this year that I’m incredibly excited about playing, and you should be too!   Rose and Locket by Whistling Wizard (Roger Heal & Ryan Forrester). I had the pleasure of interviewing this duo several years ago when they […]

NZ Interactive Media Industry Survey 2023
19 December 2023

New Zealand video games sector proves resilient with 7% growth, despite Australian incentives New Zealand video game studios earned $434.4m in the year to 31 March 2023, of which 95% came from high-value digital exports, according to a survey by the NZ Game Developers Association. However, fierce competition from Australian tax incentives and the end […]

Getting to know the new NZGDA Chair!
18 December 2023

Introducing Chair – Carl Leducq Last week we asked Carl some questions to get to know him a bit better, learn what drives him and how he landed in this position.  Read what he had to say below: Who are you? Kia ora! My name is Carl Leducq (he/him).  I am 29 years of age, […]

NZGDA December 2023 Newsletter
4 December 2023

Kia ora, With so much news in this month’s newsletter, I’ll keep this foreward brief. Firstly, a huge congratulations to our newly elected board members! The new board brings an exciting cache of skills, and I’m very much looking forward to working alongside them to develop and grow the Association. Read more from Executive Director, […]

Gaming studio Legend Story Studios scoops international business award
27 November 2023

The gaming studio and producers of one of the world’s biggest trading card games ‘Flesh and Blood’ won Excellence in Brand Storytelling at the New Zealand International Business Awards, lifting the gaming sector in NZ   Legend Story Studios, creators of the global trading card phenomenon Flesh and Blood, took home the Excellence in Brand […]

to the incoming 2024 NZGDA Board Members!

The results of the 2024 Executive Board Elections were announced at the 2023/24 Annual General Meeting on the 22nd November 2023.   Congratulations and welcome to our new Board Members! You can view the existing board here, and we’ll be getting to know more about our incoming board in the coming weeks, along with announcements on […]